The NFL’s annual Thanksgiving Day tradition kicks off at 12:30 pm ET, with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions competing at Ford Field in the first of three matchups on Thursday.
The 2021 NFL Thanksgiving Day slate kicks off with an NFC North showdown between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, neither team has much to play for this season as they are both pretty much out in the postseason picture.
The Lions will aim for their first win of the season, while the Bears will try to make their 3-7 record look a little more respectable. Let’s face it, it’s not the most intriguing matchup in the world, but you can make any game more exciting by having a bit of action on it.
What time does Bears vs. Lions Thanksgiving football game start
If you’re planning a Thanksgiving dinner around the first football game of the afternoon, we’ve got you covered below. What time does the Bears-Lions Thanksgiving football game start? You’ll want to be in front of the TV at 12:30 pm ET for kick-off. Here are the start times for the game Bears vs. Lions by time zone.
Bears-Lions Eastern start time: 12:30 pm
Lions-Bears Midwest tee time: 11:30 am.
Bears-Lions Mountain start time: 10:30 am
Lions Bears Pacific start time: 9:30 am
Here we will look at what time the Bears vs. Lions Thanksgiving football game starts and when it ends.
What channel is Thanksgiving football on?
Lions vs. Bears TV channel
(12:30 pm ET kick-off)
TV channel: Fox
Live stream: fuboTV
Fox’s No. 1 broadcasting team – Joe Buck and Troy Aikman – tend to call the Thanksgiving game for the network. So they may not be showing the Cowboys this year, but you can still expect them to be called up to the Lions-Bears game since they’re broadcasting “Thursday Night Football” anyway.
Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink have served as a tag team duo as sideline reporters this year, and they will likely continue to do so for Fox’s standalone Thanksgiving game.
Mike Pereira is Fox’s rules analyst.
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Prediction
Whether it’s Jared Goff (oblique) or Tim Boyle standing in the middle of the Lions on Thanksgiving Day – Goff is battling an oblique injury – the Bears should win this football game.
While the Bears will try to save their season and make a run on a Wild Card berth, the main goal of their 2021 campaign is to ensure the growth of starting quarterback Justin Fields. Finally, after a bumpy start, Fields starts to show promise.
On the other hand, the 2021 Lions were a total disappointment. This may not be the popular opinion, but it’s not all Goff’s fault. He doesn’t have much to work with, and the Lions have been rebuilding for decades.
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Spread, Odds, Opening Bet Rules | Week 12
Spread: Bears -3 (opportunities provided by DraftKings Sportsbook)
Money line: bears -155, lions +135
The Bears made it to the end zone twice against a strong Ravens defense, but both touchdowns resulted from big pieces. The rest of the game was bland for Chicago’s attack, who seems to be struggling to find a true identity. Allen Robinson was out after a hamstring injury in Week 10.
Darnell Mooney and Marquise Goodwin were up against Baltimore, and they may have to do it again on Thursday if Robinson can’t go. Mooney is a bright spark, putting in 5 catches, 121 yards, and a TD against the Ravens.
For the Lions, at the start of the game, Tim Boyle is a concern because you can’t rely on him to push the ball across the field. He’s not accurate enough, and he cost the Lions twice on Sunday in a game in which the defense played exceptionally well.
Boyle threw two picks against the Browns. Even with an elite WR1 (which Detroit doesn’t currently have), I’d be hesitant to ask a backup QB to do throws over 10 yards.
That means the Lions will have to rely heavily on TJ Hockenson’s run game and tight end to get the job done on Thanksgiving. D’Andre Swift is the most effective talent on the roster, and with Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack now out for the season, there’s a chance the young Lions in decline will have a big afternoon on Thursday.
Bears vs. Lions Betting Trends
The bears are 1-4 ATS in their last five games.
The UNDER is 7-2 in the Bears’ last nine games.
The bears are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against the Lions.
The UNDER is 7-1 in the Lions’ last eight games.
Lions are 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games played in Week 12.
The Lions have won three of their last four against the spread. In the past two weeks, they have gone out, keeping both Pittsburgh and Cleveland at 16 points or less. The problem here is we don’t know if it will be Fields or Andy Dalton below center, so we’ll have to follow Matt Nagy’s press conferences over the week. The Lions, meanwhile, are a staggering 7-1 to the bottom in their last eight games.
The Bears have only cashed more than three times this season. However, they are 2-1 in hitting the over in the last three weeks. However, if Robinson doesn’t go and the short week plays a part, Thursday’s opening game could be a little slow.